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Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

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The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of mystery and premonition. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories of the period from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, Am ...more
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Althea Ann
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
E.T.A. HOFFMANN, The Sandman
(1816). Remarkably modern-feeling in theme, probably because lately we've had quite a few writers harking back to this kind of story. The sinister traveling merchant Coppelius/Coppola, selling his 'eyes-a' is reflected in “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” by E. Lily Yu, for example. And of course, the whole steampunk genre loves to explore the idea of clockwork automata.
To a modern reader, the structure of the story flows a bit oddly and unevenly, and the language is quite ov
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Leah
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something for everyone...

This anthology consists of twenty-nine horror stories from the long 19th century: that is, roughly, up to the beginning of WW1. It comes with an interesting and informative introduction written by the editor, Darryl Jones, Professor of English Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. I recently read and reviewed Jones’ own history of horror, Sleeping with the Lights on, and while obviously that book goes into c
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David
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trying to trace the development of a genre is never easy. There are always some obvious choices, but there are also those moments when you see something emerging that would come into play latter. Given how horror bleeds out from fantasy, science fiction, crime and thriller, it’s influences can come from anywhere. This anthology takes the nineteen century as the main point for the emergence of horror as a genre, even if that term was rarely used.

The introduction discusses the usual suspects of th
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Kerri
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
All in all a varied collection of stories, which is nice so it's not like the same thing over and over. Each story is individual and while some are ho-hum, there are definitely enough of interest to give this book a 3 stars. The beginning stories are slow after Sandman, but the last stories more than make up for it.

Some of the stories have pretty gory elements either hinted at or described.

The Sandman by E. T. A. Hoffman: Has a definite "creepy" factor with Coppelius, and the theme of eyes. I do
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Paul
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent anthology, with surprising prose and stories to enchant and haunt. My favorites are Stevenson's The Body-Snatcher, Stoker's The Squaw, Marsh's The Adventure of Lady Wishaw's Hand, Gilman's The Yellow Wall Paper and Blackwood's The Wendigo. (Of course, The Monkey's Paw always is fantastic). Each of these evoked really amazing visuals and subtle horrors. I also appreciated that this version contained such extensive notes, including details of the author and background on words or phra ...more
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
it's was good!!
Elaine Aldred
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Editor's enthusiasm for his subject is clear and has resulted in an informed commentary as well as a sense of being invited to read a very special collection of short stories. This expectation is more than fulfilled, as the book represents the very best in the tradition of horror stories from the early nineteenth century to early twentieth century. It is the quality of them that makes them as unsettling by today’s standards as they must have been then, read at night by a flickering open fire ...more
H.C. Gray
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
The introduction to this book says that those unfamiliar with the stories inside might like to treat the Introduction as an Afterward, which is what I did, ignoring notes on text, and experiencing the stories just for their own worth.

I confess that though I've read plenty of Victorian literature over the years, when I come back to it after a period of reading modern literature, I do find it a grind at first. They take their time, the Victorians, long sentences, paragraphs, explanations. They are
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Mary
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Good Reads in a giveaway. I was so excited to see I had won this giveaway, I love to read creepy stories and there is something really captivating about reading scary stories from the past. Not only were the stories fun to read, but they also gave a unique look into the culture and society of the time period the stories were set/wrote in. By seeing what they were afraid of, we learn more about the people of that time. Some of the stories were truly scary even now, and s ...more
Champaign Public Library
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Recommended by Kelly S.

This is a compilation book of short stories called “Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson”, edited by Darryl Jones. This fantastic anthology brings together a wide variety of horror stories primarily written in the nineteenth century. So if you're looking for old-time frights from both American and European traditions, this is the book for you. Twenty-nine stories by such well known authors as Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville,
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Elisa
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I consider myself a big fan of horror stories, but I had not read most of these texts, or I had not read the full version, such as Poe's Berenice. The Introduction is very informative, and the Explanatory Notes at the end enrich the reading experience. Even the stories I didn't like (The Tartarus of Maids by Fitz-James O'Brien was one of the few) are interesting and help give a more complete overview of the history and evolution of the Horror genre. Most of the stories are great (how come I'd ne ...more
Maria
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up this collection of 19th-century horror stories mainly for three stories in particular: "The Yellow Wall Paper," "August Heat" and "The Monkey's Paw." I had read references to them several times in Stephen King, and other places, citing them as great classics. They did not disappoint! Other standouts for me were stories by Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rudyard Kipling, and a particularly dark one from Arthur Conan Doyle. Great spooky stuff!
Claire Gordon-Bouvier
All these stories were written some time in the 19th or early 20th century - the golden age of horror. These are the stories of some of the best horror writers of all time, and there weren't really any bad ones, though I did enjoy The Man in the Bell and Chickamauga less than the others. The explanatory notes were useful, too. There really isn't anything negative to say about this wonderful collection.
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